[intro music]>>Court: I’m here at Electric Bike Shop
in Sacramento. I’m with the owner, Mike, and I was just checking out this eBike. This is
actually kind of becoming a collector’s item. This is one of the early electric bikes.
It’s got a Heinzmann motor. It was fairly powerful at that time and it ran with lead-acid
batteries but it’s got a really interesting history. So can you tell me a little bit about
that, Mike?>>Mike: Well, from what I was told and hopefully
you’ll correct me if I’m wrong that in 1970, the EPA had requirements to the auto industry
to come out with a more or a less polluting vehicle whereas GM and Ford [originally] and
actually produced a car. Apparently, what I heard was Lee Iacoccoa’s attorney [spend]
a loophole and they were able to import these electric bikes from China and they sold them
at Chrysler Dealerships.>>Court: Interesting.>>Mike: They always have a little flow. They
didn’t do very well on hills. But they used a brass Heinzmann motor, lead-acid, a 24 volt
or 26 volt batteries but they have the [inaudible] approved tires and they become collector’s
items now.>>Court: Well then it’s a lot like a car
and we’ve got like a brake light back here, a big headlight.>>Mike: Yeah.>>Court: And I think it’s got, what, like
a cruise control and a horn.>>Mike: It’s got cruise control, a horn.>>Court: There’s the thumb throttle right
here.>>Mike: Thumb throttle on the right, exactly.
And I could still get part of these from outside of, somewhere outside of Miami Beach, Florida
[inaudible] and I’m sure people in a bike obviously may have that was here in the past
but he still does provide parts of these bikes.>>Court: You know, and I’ve seen bikes like
this before where people have, like, strapped their own battery on the back because it’s
got a fairly unique sort of internal system here where you can kind of open this up and
there was a lot, but it’s sort of a different shape. And, gosh, look at this heat sink.
There’s the horn.>>Mike: Yeah, that’s the controller. It’s
very large controller.>>Court: Okay.>>Mike: And it uses, the battery pack has
its own charging system in as well, so it is not an additional charge. It’s basically
a computer power cord that plugs into it.>>Court: Interesting. So, it’s, yeah, you
know, I’ve seen a lot of video game consoles where it’s got this huge brick outside. They
actually put the brick inside the bikes…>>Mike: Right.>>Court: So it was just a little cleaner.
Again, I think it was highly praised at that time is being fairly all encompassing. It’s
got seat shocks and something, a lot like a car, so.>>Mike: Sure.>>Court: Very cool. Thanks for the history
on that, Mike.>>Mike: No problem, thank you.